Brian Levin: New generation of white supremacists still ‘racist, but they have fancy new packaging’

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CNN — Across the country, flyers are showing up on college campuses. Some promote blatant neo-Nazi rhetoric, others are much more subtle.

“They’re racist, but they have fancy new packaging,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. “They learn to downplay the swastikas and get a thesaurus, so instead of white supremacy they use words like identitarian. It’s just a repackaged version of white nationalism.”

On Wednesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based organization that monitors hate crimes across the country, released its annual report on extremism in America. The report says the number of groups across the country increased to 917 in 2016, up from 892 in 2015. In 2011, SPLC recorded 1,018 active organizations, the highest tally it found in more than 30 years of tracking hate groups. That number had fallen to 784 in 2014.

The article was published Feb. 16, 2017.

Read the complete article, and watch the online video report, at “‘A resurgence of white nationalism:’ Hate groups spiked in 2016.”

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